McGeady ready for Scotland

Date published: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 6:30

The Scottish-born winger was taunted mercilessly by Scotland fans when the teams clashed in Glasgow in November, some of whom have major issues over his decision to represent Ireland at international level, like fellow Everton player James McCarthy.

And the 29-year-old has not forgotten a difficult night for the team and himself, as he prepares for Sunday’s friendly against England and then the reunion with Gordon Strachan’s men at the Aviva Stadium on June 13.

McGeady said: “The Scotland one’s the big one, obviously. We want to get our own back on them from the last game.

“We never played well enough to win the game. It would have been nice to have come away with a point, but a bit of ball-watching and switching off at a set-piece cost us a point. It could have been an important point.

“The England one is obviously a big game as well, but it’s a friendly and the Scotland one is the most important from my point of view, and I think everyone else’s as well.”

Asked if he had ever before received that level of abuse, he replied: “No, never before like that. It was a game I wasn’t really looking forward to, because I knew it would be like that.

“But it would have been great if we had won, if I’d scored, if I’d played well and really just won, to be honest with you.

“But we didn’t and it made it a whole lot worse because I know all the Scottish players and I know a lot of Scotland fans, who bring it up to me when I’m home.

“But mainly from the team’s point of view, it would have been a big point for us if we had drawn.

“Probably it was worse for me because James McCarthy was injured as well, wasn’t it? It was just basically me taking the brunt of the abuse.”

Watch Republic of Ireland v Scotland live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4pm on Saturday, June 13.

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